Fit is hit

80+ events. 1,400 participants. 16,000 attendees. THE FIT EXPO 2017, presented by bodyline and partnered by t2, was a knockout! The top draws from the two-day fitness fair...

THREE-IN-ONE: Piloxing (Pilates + boxing + dancing) was the buzzword at the two-day fitness exposition held in the Science City exhibition area on November 25-26. It is a form of workout invented in Los Angeles by Viveca Jensen that involves standing Pilates and boxing and is interspersed with dance. Closer home, Antara Guha Choudhary (centre, in black) conducted a kick-ass session that left the audience panting and pleased at the same time! “Boxing increases the heart rate and Pilates involves calming down and balance. In between, there’s some dancing to prepare your heart for boxing again. It goes high, low, medium,” said Antara, who’s based in Bangalore.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Australia’s Natasha Clarke turned heads on Day Two of The Fit Expo 2017 with her ripped body. “The expo is amazing, I’m very impressed with the work that’s gone into it. There’s a great range of fitness activities here today and look at how everyone is motivated! I think they’ve outdone the one in Melbourne!” the ICN (iCompete Natural) Fitness Pro told t2. 
BUILDING BLOCKS: t2 spotted a fun workout in the outdoor sporting arena. 
FAN FOLLOWING: Admirers and fans trailed Sangram Chougule, former 
Mr Universe and six-time Mr India, for selfies and autographs.
Z FOR ZUMBA: Sucheta Pal (centre) — one of the nine master trainers of Zumba in India — performed with her team of four master trainers on Day One. “Zumba is a household name today. The session was super fun and I’m glad to be back,” Sucheta told t2 after an energetic class. Along with her “mentor” Maria Browning, the pioneer of Aqua Zumba, Sucheta had showed off some moves at a curtain-raiser for The Fit Expo 2017 at The Park in August.
FLYING HIGH: Sonam Norbu from Bhutan stunned everyone with his flexibility and parkour 
KICK OFF: The mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighting arena was always high on adrenaline (and also spilled some blood!). 
COOL COACH: The crowd went click-click as transformation coach Jaco De Bruyn from the UK posed shirtless on stage. 
GIVE A LIFT: Max ‘The Body’ Philisaire, a celebrity trainer from Los Angeles, did some on-the-spot biceps curls with a member of the audience!
JUST BREATHE: Delhi-based yoga instructor Amrita Lohia demonstrated variations of the Surya Namaskar like Vasisthasana, Shashankasana and Trikonasana. “For yoga, breathing is very important and you have to do it through your nose so you can remain fit and detoxify your body,” said Amrita.
NEVER BACK DOWN: Punches and kicks flew hard and fast during the Kick-boxing Championship.
HEAVYWEIGHT: Kettlebell master coach from Russia, 
Sergey Rudnev, did some heavy-duty juggling with 16kg kettlebells along with son Ruslan (right). “I felt very proud to do the stunts with my son,” said Sergey, who has been practising with kettlebells since he was 13. 
ANTIGRAVITY: Infinity Riderzz Kolkata pulled some crazy bicycle stunts in the outdoor arena. 
BEST FOOD FORWARD: Miss World Fitness Physique 2014, Shweta Rathore (right), struck a pose with a participant of the women’s bodybuilding competition.
DIET RIGHT: Much of fitness is about what you eat and MasterChef India 2015 finalist Priyanka M made sure fit food didn’t have to be bland and tasteless, in the Fit Foodie Fiesta segment. “If you cook well, eat right and healthy, you’ll automatically be on the right track to fitness,” said the chef, who whipped up three easy, everyday recipes.
FLEX TO IMPRESS: The crowd went into a tizzy as participants of the bodybuilding competition flexed their muscles and posed on stage.
(L-R) Vineeta Majithia and Sangeeta Bhuwalka, co-founders of SangVi Dance To Express, got the crowd jiving to Bolly beats such as Swag se swagat and Tamma tamma as The Fit Expo 2017 came to a close. 
BEAST MODE: Raw power was on full show in the powerlifting arena. Participants had to do bench presses, squats and dead lifts.
WRESTLEMANIA: No, this isn’t a scene from Sultan! Wrestling and much more went down in the martial arts arena.
EN GARDE: Participants crossed swords during the fencing competition. 

Text: Rwitoban Deb and Deborima Ganguly

Pictures: B. Halder and Arnab Mondal


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